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ALA-Sponsored Library Support Staff Certification Program. Kim Blaylock Cataloging Assistant Washington County Public Library Abingdon, VA (276)676-6340 kblaylock@wcpl.net. VLAPF Conference, May 2012. Why Certification?. R-E-S-P-E-C-T!.

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ala sponsored library support staff certification program

ALA-SponsoredLibrary Support StaffCertification Program

Kim Blaylock

Cataloging Assistant

Washington County Public Library

Abingdon, VA

(276)676-6340

kblaylock@wcpl.net

VLAPF Conference, May 2012

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“I want recognition that my job is important, that my work is valued, that I am valued as a human being. This is more important than money. I want to be trusted that I will do what I’m paid for. I need pride in myself and my job.”

Suzanne Mahmoodi and Kathleen Weibel, Paraprofessionals: What Are They Doing? What Are the Trends? How Do They Get to A Desired Future; A Report of Focus Groups (unpublished, 1991).

the value of lssc
The Value of LSSC
  • Earns you the respect you deserve
  • Allows you to demonstrate your value
  • Gives you an edge on a job or promotion
  • Provides flexibility in the work environment
  • Increases your self-confidence
  • Portable to other states
  • Proof of achievement
  • Library users are better served
key points to know
Key points to know:
  • Have 4 years to complete the program

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-candidates/candidate-application/

  • Renew certification every 4 years

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-candidates/renewal-policy/

  • 3 core and 3 elective competency sets to complete

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-candidates/competency-sets/

  • May complete by taking approved online courses, portfolio submissions, or a combination of both

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-candidates/portfolios-vs-approved-courses/

more key points to consider
More key points to consider:
  • Does not guarantee a promotion or raise
  • Does not count as credit towards an MLS/MLIS
  • DOES have other important types of value, though (as previously discussed)!

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/faq/#3

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-library-administrators/

eligibility cost
Eligibility & Cost:
  • Minimum of a high school degree or equivalent
  • Worked or volunteered in any type of library for a minimum of 1 year (1820 hours) within the last 5 years.
  • $325 for ALA members ($350 non-members)

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-candidates/eligibility-and-cost/

payment ideas
Payment ideas:
  • LSSC financial assistance awards available
  • Place of employment
  • Friends of the Library
  • Library association
  • State library agency
  • Regional library cooperative

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-candidates/ideas-to-pay-for-lssc/

required competency sets
Required Competency Sets:
  • Communication & Teamwork
  • Foundations of Library Service
  • Technology

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-candidates/competency-sets/

elective competency sets choose only 3
Elective Competency Sets(Choose only 3)
  • Access Services
  • Adult Readers’ Advisory Services
  • Cataloging & Classification
  • Collection Management
  • Reference & Information Services
  • Supervision & Management
  • Youth Services
approved courses
Approved Courses
  • “The LSSC Program does not offer any courses; instead the program approves courses from providers of library education. These providers set the fee for their courses. Payment for these courses is separate from the candidate registration fee.”

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/approved-courses/

portfolio ideas
Portfolio Ideas:
  • Watch the Portfolio Webinar!
  • Look at examples!
  • Check out the development suggestions!

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-candidates/portfolio-development-suggestions/

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-candidates/developing-and-submitting-a-portfolio/

live text car
Live Text / CAR
  • Your “Dashboard”
  • Where you submit your work
  • Where you see your reviews

https://www.livetext.com/misk5/login/

keep updated
Keep updated
  • Check out LSSC webinars

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/webinars-and-presentations/

  • Browse LSSC news often

http://ala-apa.org/lssc/lssc-news/

find a mentor
Find a Mentor
  • Preferably a degreed librarian that shares the same specialization interest as you (reference, cataloging, programming, etc.)
more information
More Information

Website: http://ala-apa.org/lssc

Program e-mail:lssc@ala.org

Karen Strege: kstrege@msn.com

Nancy Bolt: nancybolt@earthlink.net

Ian Lashbrook:ilashbrook@ala.org

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--Slides #2, 3, 4 & 18 borrowed from ALA’s official Introduction to the Library Support Staff Program .ppt slideshow, by permission.